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Indiana closes out the regular season with a trip to Michigan, which clinched its first outright Big Ten championship since 1986 on Tuesday with a relentless beatdown of Illinois in Champaign. The Wolverines are 22-7 overall, 15-3 in the conference and are ranked No. 12 in the latest Associated Press top 25 poll.
The game will be broadcast at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN and on the IU radio network:
As I wrote recently in the premium forum, Indiana’s up and down season can be summed up perfectly by this fact: The Hoosiers are 4-1 against Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio State and 2-4 against Penn State, Northwestern and Nebraska.
At their best, Indiana can play with anyone in the conference and at its worst, it can lose at home to Penn State and Northwestern. Chalk it up to youth, turnovers, poor shooting and offensive play, an inability to close out second half leads or a variety of other theories that have been tossed around throughout the season, but 30 games in, Indiana has been defined by inconsistency.
Saturday’s opponent Michigan, which Indiana has beaten four of its last five tries, will be looking to avenge its first conference loss back in early February and a painful home loss a season ago that cost the Wolverines (and two other teams) a shared Big Ten title with the Hoosiers. So while it may seem like there isn’t as much to play for on both sides after Michigan wrapped up the Big Ten title earlier in the week and the Hoosiers saw their at-large hopes fade away with Wednesday’s loss to Nebraska, the revenge factor could certainly be prevalent.
Michigan coach John Beilein admitted he didn’t have an answer to it. Anything he drew up in the huddle during timeouts simply wouldn’t work.
Playing at Indiana on Sunday afternoon in front of an announced 17,472 at Assembly Hall, his Wolverines’ offense was stifled.
After being held to a season-low 52 points, No. 10 Michigan (16-5, 8-1) suffered its first Big Ten loss of the season to Indiana (14-8, 4-5), a team that was coming off a five-point loss at Nebraska only three days earlier. And it was a 63-52 defeat.
“Tom (Crean) and his staff did a really good job,” Beilein said. “The defensive game plan was outstanding. We hadn’t seen anything like it since I’ve been here and we ended up trying to adjust on the fly.”
What, specifically, caused the Wolverines — a team that was averaging 75.1 points per game during its 10-game win streak — so much trouble? It all had to do with how the Hoosiers handled the Wolverines’ screens on offense.
“We haven’t seen when they put our primary screener with a switch guy, with [Will] Sheehey, and that’s what changed a lot of things,” Beilein said. “Drawing that up in the huddle and practicing it are two different things.”
Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 63-52 win over No. 10 Michigan on Sunday at Assembly Hall.
Watch his comment in the media player below:
Quotes are available after the jump.
Check out 33 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 63-52 win over No. 10 Michigan on Sunday at Assembly Hall in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. Purchase prints from J. Scott Sports.
Thoughts on a 63-52 win against the Wolverines:
The time, team and place were right.
Michigan, a program that’s struggled in Assembly Hall under John Beilein, took the court this afternoon winners of 10 straight and holders of a perfect 8-0 mark in conference. A loss was bound to happen soon. From the opening tip, Indiana made it known that loss would come today.
Yogi Ferrell’s performance was one to remember. He was fire from beyond the arc, hitting 7-of-8. On only 10 shots, he scored 27 points. But his work on the other side of the ball was equally impressive. While he gave up size to Nik Stauskas, his quickness allowed him to faceguard the projected lottery pick and potential Big Ten player of the year. It confused and frustrated Michigan’s league-leading offense. Stauskas never really got involved (1-of-6, six points). He was a non-factor.
It was a stroke of genius from Tom Crean during a game a chorus of boos rang down on him for a stretch of the first half when Jonny Marlin and Jeff Howard entered and Indiana’s lead quickly evaporated. Hoosier fans have griped about Crean’s substitution patterns all season, and this was them standing up and shouting “no!” loud and clear. Marlin and Howard were yanked at the next stoppage of play, never to return again save for Howard coming in with less than a minute left and the game sealed.
John Beilein, Caris LeVert and Jordan Morgan met with the media following No. 10 Michigan’s 63-52 loss to Indiana on Sunday afternoon at Assembly Hall.
Watch their postgame comments in the embedded media players below:
Noah Vonleh (10 points, 12 rebounds), Evan Gordon (eight points) and Yogi Ferrell (27 points) met with the media following Indiana’s 63-52 win over No. 10 Michigan on Sunday at Assembly Hall.
Watch their postgame comments in the media player below:
Quotes are available after the jump.